It is with deep sadness that Lisburn Distillery must report the passing away of one of our clubs true legends Kenny Hamilton who died on the 22nd March.
Kenny joined Distillery in the 1955/56 season and during his time with the “Whites” made no less than 356 appearances scoring 153 goals for the club during a nine year spell with the club. His debut for the club was on 17th March 1956 when he stepped in for the injured Derek Dougan and he marked that debut with the winning goal in a 1-0 win over Crusaders.
During his time with Distillery Kenny picked up winners medals in the City Cup x 2, the Co.Antrim Shield and the Ulster Cup however his most notable achievement was being a vital member of the last Distillery team to win the Irish League in 1963.
The following season Kenny played, and indeed scored, in our amazing draw against the then Champions of Europe Benfica in the European cup.
Today we mourn not only a true Distillery legend but also a true friend of the club who continued his support of the club long after his retirement.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hamilton family circle in particular wife Violet and sons Gary & Ian at this time.
A minutes silence for Kenny will be held before our home game v Portstewart at New Grosvenor this Saturday.